Obscure road rules: Aarto lists 2 000 fines

2011-11-09 00:00

DID you know that riding a bicycle without brakes on the back wheel or riding without a helmet could land you a R100 fine on each count?

These are just two of the many obscure fines in the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) charge book used in South Africa that many people are most likely unaware of.

The book list about 2 000 fines for various offences.

The extensive list of obscure fines reveals that a motorist can be fined R500 if the car runs out of petrol and obstructs traffic. Failure to have a warning triangle in the boot also comes with a R500 fine.

Putting a design or sticker within 150 mm of your licence plate, if it’s not a component of the vehicle, attracts a R1 000 fine.

A motorcyclist with a learner’s licence can be fined up to R1 000 for carrying a passenger.

If you alter any part of your vehicle, like the suspension, or add nitrate-oxide tanks to increase the acceleration, for instance,you have to have it tested for roadworthiness. If you don’t, you can be fined R1 200.

It is illegal to drive with your fog lights on when the conditions are clear and there is good visibility. This can see you getting a fine of R500.

Placing an anti-theft or anti-hijack device next to the steering column can result in a R750 fine.

You can be fined up to R1 000 for following another car too closely.

Failure to give way to emergency vehicles attracts a R500 fine and you can be fined R1 500 for refusing to give a blood alcohol/breath test when asked to.

You can be fined R250 for transporting a person or animal on top of your vehicle.

Gary Ronald, head of public affairs at the Automobile Association, said that with more than 2 000 fines on the books, it’s hard to expect people to know every fine.

“These are just a few random fines that do commonly occur and most people are unaware of,” said Ronald. — WR.

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